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US CA: Column: In Weed Veritas

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:00
North Coast Journal, 12 Feb 2015 - It should come as no surprise to anyone who's done more than a cursory perusal of the World Wide Web that weed and porn show up online together - to paraphrase a psychologist in Jennifer Fumiko Cahill's cover story this week, "overlapping interests." But most of those Tumblrs and Instagrams don't really incorporate weed into the smut. The feeds are a string of images; a cheesecake photo of a girl in pot-leaf-print underpants, then a pile of buds. A bent model stolen from Swank, followed by smartphone snapshot of an indoor garden. A gif of dudes pounding away at each other, followed by a shot of a shirtless hunk smoking a cigarette? Whatever, close enough. Actual weed-themed erotica is harder to come by, apparently. (I did not do an exhaustive search. If I'm wrong, please send corrections to my boss: editor@northcoastjournal.com.)

US CO: Column: The Obama Drug War Budget and the Definition of

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:00
Boulder Weekly, 12 Feb 2015 - The words were encouraging, especially coming from the surgeon general of the United States. "We have some preliminary data showing that for certain medical conditions and symptoms that marijuana can be helpful. So I think we have to use that data to drive policy making, and I'm very interested to see where that data takes us," said newly appointed Vivek Murthy last week during a television interview. I'd argue there were more than "preliminary data" out there, but never mind. And there was more. In its budget proposal for 2016, the Obama administration declares that the old ways to run the drug war have to change. The "enforcement-centric" approach the United States has used for almost a century isn't working, says a president who is on record as saying that cannabis is less dangerous than alcohol.

US AZ: Column: Smoking And Stranded

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:00
Tucson Weekly, 12 Feb 2015 - Despite MMJ Act, in Arizona Any Amount of THC Can Get You Busted With a DUI Shabreta Peterson got a medical marijuana card in December to legally treat her severe social anxiety, extreme nausea and excruciating back pain.

US CA: Column: The ABCs Of THC

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:00
Sacramento News & Review, 12 Feb 2015 - High, Ngaio. I am confused as to what all is in my marijuana. What is the difference between CBD and THC and all that other stuff? Thank you. - -Sassy Bubbles It would be my pleasure. There are more than 400 different compounds in the cannabis plant. The ones we know the most about are: tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol and terpenes.

US MI: Column: This Detroit High School Senior Wants to Open a

Thu, 02/12/2015 - 08:00
Metro Times, 11 Feb 2015 - DeMarius "DJ" Tidwells is a not unusual 18-year-old Detroiter. He is a senior at Covenant House Academy on the west side and expects to graduate this June. He's wondering about his future - thinking about college or possibly starting his own business. His interests haven't settled on any one thing, but he talks about possibly starting a transportation company, or a landscaping company, or getting into law enforcement, or opening a marijuana dispensary. "I believe that it's a good career, the money is legal, and you're also helping out people for a medical reason," DJ says.

US FL: OPED: GOP Should Not Ignore Millennials' Pot Views

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:00
The Palm Beach Post, 10 Feb 2015 - Despite the stereotypical image of the stoner who is so lacking in motivation he can't get off the couch, a look at recent elections shows that marijuana actually does motivate people - to vote. And the phenomenon is most profound among millennials, as illustrated in the presidential swing state of Florida in November. Those who want to see a Republican in the White House should take note: Millennials could be the deciding vote in 2016, and marijuana law reform could be a key issue.

US CO: Neighbors In A Border War Over Legal Pot

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:00
Sun-Sentinel, 10 Feb 2015 - Nebraska, Oklahoma Are Suing Colorado PUEBLO WEST, Colo. - On the front door of the 20,000-square-foot marijuana dispensary here is a laminated sign warning every customer: "It is illegal to sell or transport marijuana to another state."

CN BC: Strip Search Botched, Says Judge

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:00
The Daily Courier, 06 Feb 2015 - A judge has chastised Kelowna RCMP for videotaping a woman as she was strip-searched in the detachment. In a court decision released online this week, Judge Ellen Burdett criticized the force for ignoring a 13-year-old law that outlines the proper way to conduct strip searches.

US VA: Va. House Allows Pot Extracts For Epilepsy

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:00
Washington Post, 11 Feb 2015 - Bill Blocks Prosecution for Possession of Oils Richmond - Parents of epileptic children gathered in the gallery of Virginia's law-and-order House of Delegates on Tuesday, almost afraid to look as their long-shot medical marijuana bill came up for a vote.

US FL: New Pot Bill Filed In House

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:00
Sun-Sentinel, 11 Feb 2015 - Measure Targets Concerns of Law Enforcement A medical marijuana bill that addresses the concerns of law enforcement was filed Tuesday in the state House. Unlike a Senate bill on the subject, the House measure would limit marijuana treatment to HIV/ AIDS, cancer, epilepsy, ALS, Parkinson's disease, Crohn's disease, multiple sclerosis or an illness which a doctor estimates will kill the patient within a year. It also bans smoking marijuana for medicinal purposes.

US CO: Column: Tax Preparers OK to Work With RMJ; Bills Coming

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 11 Feb 2015 - Toking & taxes It's tax season, and the IRS' Office of Professional Responsibility has some guidance for tax-prep professionals working with recreational marijuana retailers. According to Kathy Bylkas, an enrolled agent for the Springs agency Your TaxLady, businesses can deduct expenses for growing and wholesale costs, but not retail costs - advertising, sales staff, etc. So long as tax preparers don't help marijuana retailers reclassify retail costs as wholesale, and so long as all income gets declared, she says the IRS won't punish tax preparers for working with dispensaries.

US MI: Resident Wants Term Limits, Pot Decriminalized

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:00
The Oakland Press, 08 Feb 2015 - Peter Trzos submits proposals to city government A Keego Harbor resident is working to change the city's charter with two new ballot proposals. One involves setting limits for how long a city council member can serve on the council and the other decriminalizes marijuana.

US CO: Michael Bloomberg Calls Colorado's Decision On Legal Marijuana,Stupid

Wed, 02/11/2015 - 08:00
Summit Daily News, 08 Feb 2015 - Three-term New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg harped on the importance of vocational education and blasted Colorado's decision to legalize marijuana as stupid Friday evening before a sold-out crowd at the Aspen Institute. When an audience member asked the 72-year-old Bloomberg about Colorado marijuana, he responded that it was a terrible idea, one that is hurting the developing minds of children. Though he admitted to smoking a joint in the 1960s, he said the drug is more accessible and more damaging today.

Philippines: Widodo Starts Visit Pinay Drug Mule's Fate Hangs

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 08:00
Manila Standard Today, 09 Feb 2015 - NEW Indonesian President Joko Widodo arrived on his first state visit to the Philippines on Sunday, even as the fate of a Filipina facing execution for drug smuggling in his country hovers over planned talks. Widodo arrived at the Villamor Air Base at 5 pm at the invitation of President Benigno Aquino III.

US IA: Bill Filed To Combat Synthetic Drugs

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 08:00
The Gazette, 08 Feb 2015 - Measure inspired by Cedar Rapids couple, local ordinance CEDAR RAPIDS - The city's action against the sale of synthetic drugs - which tackled the substances from a consumer fraud-and-protection approach rather than trying to keep pace with their ever-changing chemical make up - came just too late for Jerrald Meek.

UAE: Sentence Overturned For Woman Prescribed Medicinal Marijuana

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 08:00
The National, 08 Feb 2015 - DUBAI - A four-year jail sentence given to a 25-year-old British woman for consuming hashish was overturned on Sunday. The woman's lawyer, Saeed Al Ghilani, told the Dubai Court of Appeal that his client was prescribed medicinal marijuana because she has bipolar disorder.

Indonesia: Bali Prisoners Fear Abandonment

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 08:00
Sydney Morning Herald, 08 Feb 2015 - Prisoners in Bali's Kerobokan jail are petrified they will be abandoned by the world after their mentors and advocates Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are killed this month. While the art, computer, bible and cooking classes co-ordinated by Sukumaran and Chan are well documented, few on the outside are aware of the advocacy role the men have played in the prison over many years.

US DC: Council Downgrades Pot Regulation Hearing

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 08:00
Washington Times, 10 Feb 2015 - AG Says Hearing Might Violate Congressional Ban The D.C. Council on Monday downgraded the scope of a hearing on regulating marijuana sales to avoid legal concerns raised by the city's attorney general - a move emblematic of the hurdles congressional oversight has created for the District in its quest to legalize pot.

US DC: Editorial: Going To Pot In America

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 08:00
Washington Times, 10 Feb 2015 - It's A Rocky Trip Down From a Rocky Mountain High Certain Americans have a love-hate relationship with marijuana, and with the pleasure comes the pain. In Colorado, where residents have legalized the euphoria of pot, the unhealthy consequences of it are beginning to emerge. There's a warning for other states in the Rocky Mountain high.

CN BC: Vancouver Looks To Regulate Marijuana Dispensaries

Tue, 02/10/2015 - 08:00
Globe and Mail, 09 Feb 2015 - When Dana Larsen opened a medical marijuana dispensary in Vancouver's east side in 2008, he was more than a little nervous about what could happen. There were already a handful of other storefront operations in the city openly defying federal drug laws by selling marijuana, hash and other cannabis products to customers claiming a medical need. But it still wasn't clear how long police and the local government would allow that to continue.